Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

Your Kingdom come.....Your will be done.

WE EXTEND A SPECIAL WELCOME to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not too keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the coastal path and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters ….. and you!

Parish in Transition

In the absence of a parish priest, please contact:

Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services:  David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Children’s work: David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Messy Church: Evelyn Reed

For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens:   Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For Safeguarding and Pastoral Visitors Team:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Parish Giving Scheme and Finances: the Treasurer, Fiona Liddicoat

Electoral Roll: Brenda Daw

Enquiries about individual churches:

Downderry:  Steve Liddicoat

Hessenford: Fran Moore

St Germans: Richard Laugharne

Tideford: Matt Frost

Hire and other info on St Germans Priory Church for events:

The St Germans Priory Trust:   www.stgermanspriory.info

Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenford:   http://www.4clubs.biz/timeslot/hessenford2/


The parish email address for all emails is:


They will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

Parish Phone 07557 302 255



~   September events in the Parish   ~  


Transition Update

Following the Parish consultation and having received many suggestions and comments from parishioners,  we have written the St Germans Group Parish Statement of Needs and sent it to the Diocese.

.pdf copies can be obtained by emailing admin@stgermans parishes.com

The PCC have appointed our ‘Selection Team’ who will talk to, interview and eventually recommend the appointment of the new parish priest.  The team comprises the two Parish Wardens, one of whom will also represent St Germans Church, and a representative from the Tideford, Hessenford and Downderry churches.                                                                                                                                                                    The first informal ‘chat’ has taken place and we hope to hear soon how it went.



Parish Lunches

The parish lunches take place weekly on Wednesdays at 12 noon in St Nicolas Church, Downderry.

All are welcome to come for a tasty three course meal, good company and fellowship 


Next Coffee Morning , and Soup and Pud Lunch

 Saturday 15th September from 10.30am to 1.30pm

All in the parish and visitors are invited to coffee and lunch and to browse the local group and charity stalls.



Harvest Festival

Sunday 30th September at 11am

at St Annes Church, Hessenford,

followed by a Bring and Share Lunch

in the Church Hall, Hessenford

During the service we shall collect tins and packets of food and drink for Foodbank

The Great Parish Bake-off

Bake a Harvest Loaf – traditional or to your own 21st century design –  and bring it to the Harvest Festival – and the best will receive a prize!

Latest News

THE FOOD BANK – no change to the message – our help is needed

There are collecting boxes in all our four churches – please keep the contributions coming in………..

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever – so please keep the contributions coming in.

How can you help the Foodbank?     Currently (in early SEPTEMBER 2018) there are the following shortages:

  • JAM

PLEASE – no baked beans, pasta, soup, teabags or cereals – the Foodbank has PLENTY of these items.

However, money is becoming a continuing issue, and it is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, the real requirement now is cash.

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452. email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.





St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details.

Board of Priory Trustees

  • Chair- Richard Laugharne
  • Vice Chair – Fiona Bristow
  • Secretary – Evelyn Reed
  • Support Officer – Jo Rimron
  • Malcolm Cross
  • Chris Bowditch,
  • Chris Cook
  • Bob Foulkes.

News Archives

St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford Parish services


2nd September 15th Sunday after Trinity

11am Parish Eucharist  St Nicolas Church, Downderry

3rd September  Monday

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

4th September  Tuesday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

6th September  Thursday  

9.30am Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

9th September 16th Sunday after Trinity

11am Baptism with Eucharist St Anne’s Church, Hessenford

11am Parish Praise St Germans Priory Church

10th September  Monday

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11th September  Tuesday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

13th September  Thursday  

9.30am Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

16th September 17th Sunday after Trinity 

9.30am Eucharist St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am Eucharist  St Germans Priory Church

17th September  Monday

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

18th September  Tuesday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

20th September  Thursday  

9.30am Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

23rd September 18th Sunday after Trinity 

9.30am Morning Prayer St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am Morning Prayer  St Germans Priory Church

24th September  Monday

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

25th September  Tuesday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

27th September  Thursday  

9.30am Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

30th September 19th Sunday after Trinity

11am HARVEST FESTIVAL St Annes Church, Hessenford

followed by a Bring and Share Lunch in the Parish Hall, Hessenford


East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries

The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:

Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.

St Germans Group Parish PCC as from May 2018

Permanent members of the PCC

The Vicar (position vacant)

LayChair –  Richard Laugharne

Secretary – Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Treasurer – Fiona Liddicoat

Parish Wardens:

Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Church Stewards:

Downderry: Steve Liddicoat
Hessenford: Fran Moore
Tideford: Matt Frost
St Germans: Richard Laugharne

PCC members:

Downderry: Sue Booth; Andrew Pidgen, Jenny Daniels   Cashiers:  Tim Pullin and Sue Pidgen
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles,  Dawn Couling.  Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Chris Bowditch, Evelyn Reed.   Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  Hugh Parker.  Cashier: Ron Bradley

Deanery Synod Reps:

Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters. Bill Woods